Arizona Diamondbacks top pitching prospect Brandon Pfaadt eclipses 200 strikeouts
Arizona Diamondbacks top pitching prospect Brandon Pfaadt eclipsed the 200-strikeout plateau in his Sunday start for the Reno Aces.
In doing so, the 23-year-old right-hander became the first minor leaguer since 2011 to reach 200 strikeouts in a season. He joins Matt Moore (twice), Edwar Cabrera and Trevor May as the only four to reach that seasonal milestone since 2010.
Pfaadt — No. 94 overall prospect on MLB.com — also became the 12th pitcher to accomplish that feat since 2000.
After racking up double digits in strikeouts for the @Aces, fourth-ranked @Dbacks prospect Brandon Pfaadt passed the 200-K milestone for the season: https://t.co/BXk31FW8IS pic.twitter.com/AcFAvdXiVD
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) September 11, 2022
The right-hander has had a strong season between Double-A and Triple-A. In 27 starts, he is 10-6 with a 3.88 ERA, 202 strikeouts and just 31 walks in 155.1 innings.
Pfaadt features a standard four-pitch mix of a fastball, curveball, slider and a changeup. His slider is his go-to pitch, and his fastball sits in the mid-90s in terms of velocity.
The 23-year-old’s ETA, according to MLB Pipeline, is 2023. That is, unless the reigning PCL Pitcher of the Month doesn’t get called up this month.
An MLB roster already infused with a plethora of young talent, the Diamondbacks have another highly-anticipated debut on the horizon.
Only time will tell as to when.